News: Japan

  • Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    December 28, 2018

    On Dec. 18, 2018, Japan’s National Security Council and Cabinet authorized acquisition for 105 additional F-35s beyond the already approved 42 F-35s in the Japan Program. Total procurement is now established at 147 F-35 aircraft which will make Japan the largest international customer on the F-35 Program. 

  • Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning

    Kadena Air Base // November 17, 2017
    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off Nov. 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // October 27, 2017
    Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 used their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and F/A-18C Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.
  • VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // September 14, 2017

    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 hosted members of Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Third Air Wing for an educational tour and class centered around the F-35A Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 13, 2017.

  • First Japanese-Built F-35A Officially Unveiled at Nagoya Facility

    First Japanese-Built F-35A Officially Unveiled at Nagoya Facility

    Lockheed Martin // June 05, 2017
    The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and oversight from the U.S. Government.
  • JASDF Pilots Graduate Luke’s F-35 Program

    JASDF Pilots Graduate Luke’s F-35 Program

    944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 31, 2017
    Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force pilots “Koku-Jieitai,” become the first from their country to graduate the F-35 program here May 20.
  • US Marines Continue F-35B Workup in Japan

    US Marines Continue F-35B Workup in Japan

    Defense News // April 17, 2017
    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter squadron to deploy overseas is continuing the type’s expeditionary workup, conducting training exercises to operate the aircraft in real-world scenarios while operating from austere locations.
  • USMC Develops F-35’s Austere Capabilities

    USMC Develops F-35’s Austere Capabilities

    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly // April 13, 2017
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is developing the austere operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with a 'hot' ground refuelling conducted from a transport aircraft on 11 April.
  • FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 17, 2017
    Student and instructor pilots working under the Foreign Military Sales program reached a historic milestone today when they flew their 100th sortie here at Luke Air Force Base.
  • F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    Stars and Stripes // March 16, 2017
    The two-day symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter served as the first loop in a knot “to more quickly mature the airplane” among Pacific allies, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, director of strategy, plans and programs for U.S. Pacific Command, on Tuesday.
  • Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    March 08, 2017

    The U.S. Marine Corps has adjusted the number of F/A-18 Hornet squadrons on rotating deployments to Japan with the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to that country, according to the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation.